Nairobi County Gubernatorial Race – Johnson Sakaja Leads Polycarp Igathe in a Two-Horse Race

Johnston Sakaja

Johnston Sakaja and Polycarp Igathe will be battling for the county’s 2,415,310 registered voters spread across the 17 constituencies and 85 Wards, although the contest has attracted seven other candidates, the two are regarded by many as the front runners in the battle for who becomes Nairobi’s fourth governor

By The Weekly Vision

It is now clear that the contest for the governors’ seat in Nairobi is a two-horse race between candidates representing the two leading political formations in the country, the Azimio la Umoja and Kenya Kwanza. Former Nairobi City County Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe and outgoing Nairobi County Senator Johnston Sakaja are the two front runners.

The duo will be battling for the county’s 2,415,310 registered voters spread across the 17 constituencies and 85 Wards, although the contest has attracted seven other candidates, the two are regarded by many as the front runners in the battle for who becomes Nairobi’s fourth governor. The contest in Nairobi will also be between Mr Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto respectively for the Presidency.  

Senator Sakaja’s opponents have engaged him in endless legal battles about his degree certificate to try and lock him out of the race; however, the Senator continues to lead in opinion polls, a clear sign that he is likely to become Nairobi’s fourth governor after the 9th August poll, if all remains constant.

The latest opinion polls released by research firm Tifa on June 21, had the Kenya Kwanza candidate as the most preferred contender for governor at 40 per cent, way ahead of Polycarp Igathe, who has been fighting the tag of being a ‘project’, he came in at 32 per cent.  

Tifa opinion poll suggests Senator Sakaja enjoys majority support in Dagoretti North, Kibra, Roysambu, Embakasi North, Embakasi Central, Embakasi East, Makadara, Kamukunji, Langata, Ruaraka, Kasarani, Starehe, Mathare and Embakasi West constituencies while Mr Igathe has the backing of a majority of voters in Westlands, Dagoretti South and Embakasi South

The other candidates are businesswoman Agnes Kagure (Independent), Mr Kenneth Nyamwamu (United Progressive Alliance), tech-entrepreneur Harman Grewal (Safina), Mr Cleophas Kiio (Ford Kenya), Ms Nancy Mwadime (Usawa Kwa Wote), Ms Esther Thairu Waringa (Independent) and former journalist Denise Kodhe (Liberal Democratic Party).

The Tifa poll suggests Senator Sakaja enjoys majority support in Dagoretti North, Kibra, Roysambu, Embakasi North, Embakasi Central, Embakasi East, Makadara, Kamukunji, Langata, Ruaraka, Kasarani, Starehe, Mathare and Embakasi West constituencies while Mr Igathe has the backing of a majority of voters in Westlands, Dagoretti South and Embakasi South.

There was acrimonious disagreement over Igathe’s choice in the battle for the seat within the Azimio outfit that saw their Presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga intervening at the KICC. The move by Mr Odinga saw Westland legislator Tim Wanyonyi stepping down, he is defending his Westlands parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket.

Hon. Sakaja has promised to ensure ease of doing business, devolving all county services to the sub-county level, fixing sewerage problems, tackling congestion, sorting out water problems, fight against corruption at City Hall by fully digitizing revenue collection. He is also advocating for a free feeding programme that will provide lunch in all 209 public primary schools in Nairobi to enable children from poor homes to get an education.

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